Reported Celtic target Edson Alvarez may have just ended the Hoops' hopes

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic, looks on from the dugout during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly wanted to sign Liga MX defender Edson Alvarez from Club America.

Edson Alvarez of Mexico during an international friendly match between Chile and Mexico at Qualcomm Stadium on March 22, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Celtic’s hopes of making Edson Alvarez their joint-record signing look to be over.

A Mexican international who shone at last year’s World Cup, Alvarez has been heavily linked with the Scottish Premiership champions in recent months and The Sun reported that he would cost an eye-watering £9 million.

On paper, though, the Club America star looked worth every penny. A versatile, commanding and stylish player who is equally comfortable at centre-back or in defensive midfield, Alvarez could have filled the void left by the impending departure of Dedryck Boyata.

 

And, blessed with a terrific passing range and plenty of thrust in the tackle, the 21-year-old looked like a potential long-term successor for Scott Brown too.

Unfortunately, however, Celtic will now be forced to look elsewhere. Because Alvarez has now put an end to speculation over his future by signing a lucrative new contract with Club America, committing his future to the Liga MX outfit until 2022.

This might not please Mexico national team coach Tata Martino, who was keen to see Alvarez follow Hirving Lozano, Erik Gutierrez and co to Europe.

“If I had to choose a player who is ready to make the jump, it would be Edson Álvarez," the former Barcelona boss told OneFootball in March.

Oribe Peralta #24 and Edson Alvarez #4 of America celebrate with the championship trophy after the final second leg match between Cruz Azul and America as part of the Torneo Apertura 2018...

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